I’ve been watching too many Japanese Animation or what others called Anime lately. I’ve watched so many of it that I could not even remember plot nor the title of most of it. However, there was one Anime that I have watched (repeatedly) every day for one month. I watched it so much that I even unconsciously memorized most of the lines.
This anime is called “Assassination Classroom.” The story revolves around the powerful octopus-like creature (Koro-Sensei) who claimed to destroy the Earth in one year. But, he offers humankind a chance to save the Earth by letting him become a homeroom teacher for a specific class – Class 3E. In this classroom, the students have every opportunity to assassinate Koro-Sensei (though he seems to be unkillable) while he tries his best to improve his students’ grades, teach them life lessons, give them unforgettable real-life experiences and more importantly, to show them that he cares and believes in them.
While watching this anime, I picked up quite a few lines from Koro-Sensei that I always replay in my head, and I would like to share it with you.
“Whether a fish lives in a clear stream of a water ditch, so long as it continues swimming forward, it will grow up beautifully.”
“Honestly, there isn’t much meaning to the splendid names given to you by your parents. What does have meaning, is what the person behind that name does during their actual lifetime. The name doesn’t make the person. The name simply remains gently within the footprint left on the path a person walks.”
“When pressed to make a big choice, people expose their true feeling… and at times they’ll struggle with everything they’ve got.”
“It’s about rising to the occasion. It’s about tasting the rapture and triumph and disgrace of failure, they go hand and hand you see. One is meaningless without the other to win one has to lose. The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.”
“Don’t give frustration the last word. The beauty of trial and error is that there’s hope.”
“Please remember that there are times to take someone’s hand and lead them along but also times when you must be stern and let them fend for themselves.”
“Tests are a good thing. The knowledge gained from the night of cramming will be all but forgotten once you hit adulthood. And that’s fine. The experience you gain through competition, having sharpened your skills and broadened your minds all under the same set of rules? That’s the real treasure.”
“The world will always be filled with injustice. If you have time to give up or hold a grudge against that injustice, then use that time to enjoy battling those injustices instead.”
“It’s dangerous for them to grow up without experiencing true competition because they’ll keep whining, even without taking the matter seriously. For those with a high level of aptitude… the sooner they know the frustration of defeat, the greater their growth will be.”
“Every teacher secretly frets over whether the path he sets his students on is the right one. But he points the way to the best future he can see for them.”
“Broadly speaking, there are two reasons a person feels the desire to teach something: either he wants to pass on his successes, or he wants to pass on his failures.”
“Backup plans are the cornerstone of confidence.”
I love most about this anime is the fact that Koro-Sensei shows great concern and care for his students and he pays attention to each of them. He never forgets to take into consideration the strengths and weaknesses, dreams and goals and what each student can and cannot do. Koro-Sensei is my ideal teacher.
What about you? What or who is your ideal teacher?